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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Does anyone else repeat the same daydream sequence over and over until they feel like its "perfect" or until it just gets incredibly boring? I don't know if this is typical, or if its just my perfectionist tendencies getting in the way of literally…Continue
Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue
Yes, I'm writing to you guys again, but I honestly feel the need to share my perspective on this.My name is Bella, and I am seventeen years old. I've been living with Maladaptive Daydreaming throughout the span of my life, but recently, I've noticed…Continue
Now that we've had some time to think about this & discuss it, let's start creating a plan to help. Let's try and make a list that we can refer to & refer others to. Here's my question:What helps? Not just what helps you stop…Continue
I’ve been struggling with it since I was a teenager. I’m 50 now!Initially I use to do it when I was even 8 or 9, dreaming of something horrible happening to me and crying my head out to sleep. Then in my mid to late teen years I realize that I was…Continue
Hello all, this is my first time posting, so please bear with me. I have been experiencing issues with MD since I can remember (i am now almost 21 years old) and some of my earliest memories are of very vivid, involved and immersive daydreams that…Continue
Hello everyone.I'm Italian. I noticed that in Italy Maladaptive daydreaming it's still very unknown.That's why I created a website and a facebook page.If there are any Italians in here, I'd love to be in touch with them, so we could cooperate to…Continue
I have a hard time comparing my MD to drug addiction; I've never experienced drug addiction, therefore I don't feel that it is my place to compare myself to a drug addict. I've always thought that MD is just how my brain has been wired since birth.…Continue
I've been a maladaptive daydreamer for a very long time now, and it has both hindered and helped me in many ways. However, the biggest hindrance that has recently emerged is that the lines between daydream and reality have become blurred. It has…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue